May 1, 2022 Subject:
Watch This Space
A pretty good digital copy of the reconstruction of this difficult-to-find film. Its problems, especially with the title screens (and the apparently abscounded sound track) notwithstanding, well worth watching here.
Although I strongly dislike "best of all time"-type polls, in this case "La Passion" deserves its regular appearance at or near the top of such lists. Falconetti's performance is peerless by any standard, the cinematography is magnificent, and the film's naturalism is simply astonishing given the typical practices of the day (1925!).
If you do not know this work, invest the time & concentration to give it a fair viewing & it just might change your life. It will at least profoundly alter your understanding of what a driven director can accomplish with very modest means.
The final scenes, with Jeanne at the stake, just may not have any equal. And by the way, the script is largely taken verbatim from the actual transcript of her trial, so while Dreyer certainly has a particular point of view and espouses it with a somewhat melodramatic presentation (remember, 1925), the film is as historically accurate as almost any "documentary."
March 10, 2022 Subject:
Watch The Passion of Joan of Arc online free
August 31, 2020 Subject:
Great film, damaged audio track
The 5 star rating is for the review of this (apparently public domain) film. I should note, however, that these digital versions hosted here, as far as I can tell, have a damaged audio track. This was the case with different browsers, VLC, and even OSs (Mac and Windows).
June 14, 2018 Subject:
perhaps the finest of all silent movies
beautifully acted, inspired photography, new score magnificent.